Dr. John Chao is the originator of the Pinhole Surgical Technique, which is a nonsurgical technique for rejuvenating receding gums. He has been practicing this technique since 2006, has developed specialized instruments for its use, and has published an article on the technique in the Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry.
A Highly Effective Solution
According to the in-press article, the pinhole surgical technique is effective at stabilizing the normal gum line about 90% of the time. Patients were completely satisfied with the results over 95% of the time within one week, and they only required 1 or 2 over-the-counter pills to control their discomfort.
The article is a retrospective study of 43 patients who had 121 gum recession sites.
Benefits of Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique
The Pinhole Surgical Technique isn’t like the traditional gum grafting surgery which harvests gum tissue from elsewhere in the mouth to restore receding gums to their former position.
In this gum rejuvenation procedure, there is no need to graft tissue. Instead, the gums at the site are moved forward to cover the exposed tooth roots. There is some collagen “glue” that is used to help bond the gums in their new position, where they then resume growth and heal.
There are no incisions and no stitches, just one or two holes that are about a tenth of an inch in diameter, really about the size of a pinhole.
There is little discomfort, and as little as a day or two after the procedure, there is no sign that anything was done.
Limits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique
The Pinhole Surgical Technique is not designed to treat gum disease. It can only be used effectively on healthy gums. Gum disease and other health problems of the gums must be addressed to ensure a successful procedure.
If you would like to learn more about this procedure, and whether you are a candidate, please call (949) 556-4588 or contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Beverly Hills or Orange County.